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starter wiring help please

need help with my 1998 trans am ls1. putting a new starter on but i forgot how to hook the wires back up. thanks

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How many wires and terminals do you have at the solenoid, not counting the battery cable?
  • One wire will be a 12 or 10 gauge wire with fuse links on it..It should go to the big terminal , along with the battery cable.

  • One smaller wire (14 to 18 gauge) will go to the "S" terminal, on the solenoid..It will have power on it when you turn the switch to "Start" in the car AFTER you hook the first wire (the one from the big terminal) up to the big bolt and cable. This is traditionally located closest to the block.


  • IF you have a third terminal and wire, this is the secondary Ignition, It hooks to the third terminal on the solenoid..(although I doubt it's used..) This will be the terminal CLOSEST to the fenderwell.

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it has 3 wires not counting the battery one skinny one, thick black one, then the other one is a thick black one also and it is real short going from the starter to the starter solinoid. and the starter solinoid has 3 prongs 1 small one 2 bigger ones that are the same size. the small one is closest to the hood. one of the big ones is closer to the fenderwell the other big one is closer to the block. we tried hooking it up but it just clicked we hooked the battery one to the prong closest to the fenderwell, the skinny wire went to the prong closest to the hood, and the to thick black ones went to the closest one to the block. we turned the key a couple of times but it just cliked than it smoked a little. thanks for the help just found out the big black wire comes from the negative side of the battery

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Doc here,

Well thats why it smoked...

Now you need to find and FIX that damage before going further..That wire should have gone to your ground buss a or near the starter to a block bolt.

The BIG BOLT is the battery cable and fusible link and vehicle support wire, It goes here along with the battery cable.

THE other big bolt goes to the starter motor and nowhere else..

The "S" terminal (which should be a slide on terminal) will get the wire that has power on it in the "Start position" with the key in Start..

The other is the Secondary Ignition, or "R" terminal, I doubt it's used, on a vehicle that new, but if so, any other slide on terminal will go here...






Check your Fuse links now also, most likely, they are open after the smoke...


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